MARK JONES yesterday issued a rallying cry to his Wrexham team-mates, saying: “We need to win every single game from now on.”
The Wrexham midfielder could return for Saturday’s trip to Peterborough after his comeback from injury took another leap forward when he played an hour in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Macclesfield Town.
Club captain and striker Neil Roberts, on his way back from an ankle injury, also played an hour in yesterday’s game, which the Dragons won 3-1 with two goals from forward Jamie Reed and one from winger Josh Johnson.
And Brian Carey’s side is set to be further boosted this week by two loan signings, expected to be a striker and a midfielder.
Wrexham slipped into League Two’s relegation places after last Saturday’s dismal 2-0 defeat to Wycombe at the Racecourse, but Wales international Jones said they had to put that behind them now and salvage their Football League status.
“That game’s gone now and we need to be looking at the games coming up,” said the 23-year-old. “We need to get a good run together now to make sure we get something out of this season.
“There’s lads on international duty this week, but everybody who’s back at the club is in good spirits and looking forward to the next game. We need to win every single game now and get out of the bottom two.”
Yesterday’s Colliers Park clash was Jones’ first action since surgery on a knee injury he suffered in December.
Jones could return on the right side of midfield, where he played before his injury, or as the midfield playmaker now that ex-skipper Darren Ferguson has joined Saturday’s London Road opponents as manager.
But the 23-year-old said he simply couldn’t wait to start playing again after having to watch from the sidelines for what felt “like forever”.
“It was a good fitness exercise,” he said. “I just wanted to get a game and I came through fine – it was a bit sore when I came off but that’s to be expected.
“I’ll see how it is tomorrow with my knee, and then hopefully I’ll be available for selection on Saturday. If not Saturday then maybe for the next game against Chester, but the sooner the better.
“It’s been frustrating really. Every footballer wants to play and it feels like I’ve been out forever even though it’s only been a couple of months. I’m just delighted I’m fit now.”
Carey admitted Wrexham had missed fans’ favourite Jones, who has scored seven goals for Wrexham this season.
“Any club would miss a player like him,” said the manager, adding that morale was still high among the players despite Saturday’s defeat. “We’ve spoken about Saturday, and now we’re looking forward to the next game.”
Meanwhile, club secretary Geraint Parry yesterday confirmed the Dragons would unveil two loan signings this week to cover for the return of Paul Mitchell to his club MK Dons, and the absence of striker Chris Llewellyn, who is suspended for Saturday’s game.